More than a year after pleading guilty to buying tribal art made from the feathers of endangered birds, the chief executive of the Smithsonian Institution, Lawrence M. Small, has not started his 100 hours of a federal community service sentence, says the Washington Post. The story was originally reported by Hearst News Service.
Small proposed doing extensive reading on the Endangered Species Act so that he could make “a constructive contribution to the effort to preserve endangered species.” He had initially suggested doing traditional service, such as working in a soup kitchen, but the judge rejected that. Frank Whitney, U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, where Small was sentenced in January 2004, opposed the endangered species plan, saying that it “fails to promote a respect” for the law. U.S. District Judge Terrence Boyle has not acted on the case since the correspondence between Small and the prosecution last April.